Tales of Murder and Madness

Sabine Heinlein, the author of Among Murderers: Life after Prison, will talk about the uncanny in her narrative nonfiction practice. Born and raised in Germany, Heinlein has written about art and culture for The New York Times, The Guardian, Psychology Today, Poets & Writers, Art in America and many other publications.

Drawing on experiences gathered during her reporting and writing process, Heinlein will discuss how Sigmund Freud’s concept of the uncanny plays into her work about society’s marginalized and forgotten—convicted murderers, psychotics, clowns, conspiracy theorists, outsider artists and victims of suicide. How do you deal with unreliable characters when your genre is nonfiction? How do you relate the unexplainable and your own creepy sense of disquiet to the reader? Where do words that seemingly appear out of nowhere come from? Heinlein’s lecture is an opportunity to question the authority of the author and the dark worlds we enter to free us from ourselves.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Main Building, Main Court
1300 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217, USA

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Speaker/Lecture/Reading, Lecture, Panel Discussion


Humanistic Studies Department, Critical Studies





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